Initial reaction to Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation indicate a new battle may lie ahead.
Republicans say case closed.
But Democrats are clamoring for more answers.
In his memo to members of Congress, Barr wrote that at the conclusion of Mueller’s 22 month investigation, the “Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence 2016 US presidential election.”
But on the investigation into whether the President obstructed justice, Barr’s letter quotes Mueller as saying “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate them.”
Democrats are questioning how Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein came to a decision not to prosecute the President on obstruction, based on the evidence.
They want Barr to testify and see the full report and Mueller’s evidence.
Republican allies of the President are eager to move on.
In a statement, top Republican in the House Kevin McCarthy said “This case is closed.”
It’s unclear how much of the report will be made available to the public.